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BUYERS' GUIDE LENS TEST: Street Photos from Vivitar 28, Nikkor 50/55-200/43-86, Soligor 80-200

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)
Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)



Last month, I took some test shots for my new lenses. I wanted to try them in different situations before publishing a review: street photography, bright sunny day, low light, indoor, etc. Obviously, this post is about street photography. You can also check out my other posts for more samples.

Parameters: For night and low light, I always tested them at their widest aperture. For daytime and sunny situations, stopped down between f/8 to f/11.

Lens buyers would really find this compilation to be very helpful. Video samples are available only at youtube.com/RattusChoki

PS. Let me know if you want to lend me your lenses so I could write about them. =)


Vivitar 28mm f/2 by Kiron (Serial #s starting at 22...)
(some may have fisheye adapter attached)

Images look soft wide open, but what's great about this lens is that
it gives you f/2 when you need f/2.
A Fisheye Adapter makes great tandem with this.

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)
Handheld long exposure, EDSA.

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)
Quiapo Bridge.

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)
Pasig River.

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)
Cartimar Pet Center, Pasay City.

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)



Nikkor-S Auto 50mm f/1.4 (Pre-AI)

Perfect for street photography and low light conditions.
Plus, the beautiful dreamy bokehs at f/1.4 are unbeatable!

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)



Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6 VR

Produces very clean images thanks to its ED glass coating.
Users will also enjoy working with its short focusing distance.
Super smooth zooming mechanism.
At 200mm, the widest aperture is f/5.6

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)



Soligor 80-200mm f/4

This lens does not have VR.
It comes with a Macro Mode, allowing you to get close to the subject
as well as beautiful blurry backgrounds.

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)



Nikkor 43-86mm f/3.5
(The copy I have is the second generation, identified by a black ring around the front.)

This zoom lens has a fixed aperture of f/3.5, making it excellent for videos.
Images are pretty crisp and clean in extremely bright and low light conditions.
Looks great for B&W photography too.
The only thing I didn't like was the minimal focusing distance of 4 feet.
Fortunately, I have Macro Filters to get close to the subject.

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)

Street Photos from January (New Lens Test)



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